Bar Leadership Institute

Program Overview

The Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) is a nine-month professional development program whose mission is to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers. The BLI has three components:

  • Training and Education - Nine leadership training and legal practice education sessions beginning in September. May qualify for up to two years of CLE credit.
  • Community Service Project - The class prepares and executes a community service project. Time will be set aside during the sessions for completion of most of the project, but participants may need to communicate or meet outside of the sessions.  
  • Service - Upon completion of the BLI, participants commit to one year of service in a State Bar section, committee or working group, or other professional association or community organization.

Program Eligibility

To be considered for the program applicants must be an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona and admitted to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction for at least two (2) years.  Eligibility is based on date of bar admission.

Here's what graduates say about the BLI: 

"This program was an incredible opportunity to meet a wide variety of leaders in the Arizona legal community.  What other program can offer you the leadership training and opportunity to network with Supreme Court Justices, general counsels and prosecutors in an intimate setting."

"There is nothing else like it. It expands our vision beyond our immediate work to remind/inspire us to consider ourselves not just as attorneys but as community leaders."

"The information and experience was invaluable. I have had many leadership doors opened because of this experience."

BLI in the News

Congratulations to Alfred Urbina, Class of 2010, on his appointment as Associate Judge for the Pasqua Yaqui Tribal Court.  Judge Urbina is the fifth Yaqui Tribal member to sit on the Pascua Yaqui bench.

Congratulations to Leticia Marquez, Class of 2008,  Benjamin Taylor, Class of 2010, Jessica Sanchez, Class of  2013, Doreen McPaul, Class of 2013 and Sandra Bensley, Class of 2016 on their election or appointment to the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors.

Bar Leadership Institute Turns 10 - Arizona Attorney Article


Congratulations to the Class of 2018-2019!


The Bar Leadership Class of 2018-2019 is thankful to the following sponsors: 

Partner Sponsor

Perkins Coie

Bronze Sponsor

Bryan Cave Polsinelli
Fennemore Craig
Advocate Sponsors
Osborn Maledon, P.A.
Host & Reception Sponsors
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Fennemore Craig
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Summit & Reception Sponsor
Rose Law Group
Supporting Association Sponsor
Arizona Black Bar

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